A Scottish charity championing everyday walking for health is to make use of Monmouthshire County Council’s blueprint for improving access to the countryside.  Paths for All, based in Alloa and Invernness, is to adopt the council’s Countryside Access Design Guide strategy for gates.

 The charity is updating its specifications so that professionals working to improve access may assist as many people as possible to enjoy the countryside by providing appropriate infrastructure.  Much progress has been made in recent years to ensure that people with disabilities or health issues are able to access open spaces as far as possible and the design of gates, stiles and path surfaces is a key factor.

 Ruth Rourke, Monmouthshire’s Principal Officer for Countryside Access said: “We are very pleased that the Scottish charity Paths for All has adopted our gate designs which we hope will allow a wider range of people to experience the joys of a walk in the fresh air.”

 The guide can be found here:

http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/app/uploads/2013/09/Monmouthshire-Access-Design-Guide-Final-19-03-12.pdf